I made friends with some filmmakers from New York who knew MGMT's manager. Got in touch with the manager, email after email, he couldn't arrange anything for me because their "usually flexible" schedule was so freaking full (note this music promotors, they were a bit unhappy about that). I've never chased a celebrity or musician before. But since it was MGMT, I had to. So, I looked and got info about where they were staying and when the press conference was. Waited, but no show unfortunately. In act of desperation, I contacted one of the meet & greet winners, Rain, asking her to tell me where she's gonna meet them. Thankfully she knew who I am and is one of my readers. She agreed to help me out. But at the very last minute, she got a text informing her not to bring anyone or else she would get disqualified from her win. So, I gave up. I wrote a letter to Andrew & Ben, telling them how much I love them and how their music has influenced my life, especially how it helped me writing Letters, Stories & Dreams. Then I asked her to give it to them and get their autographs on my Oracular Spectacular LP.
Went to the concert, had sooo much fun dancing and screaming along every song. The next day, I had to work at the Compound Kick-Off Party for Monka Magic which was 'sort of' an after party. I knew that The Whitest Boy Alive was coming to have a secret performance. But rumors about MGMT coming over was a bit 50-50. Worked all day, met Erlend Oye, met a lot of old friends and was totally off the idea of trying to meet MGMT. Rain came and gave me my signed LP and told me that my letter was well read by them. I was happy enough. Until at 9PM, MGMT came to have dinner upstairs. I rushed as fast as I can with my signed LP and my camera.
Andrew wasn't there unfortunately. But Ben, Matt, James & Will was there with their manager and crew. I gave Ben a pat and he looked at me and said 'Hey what's up?'. I asked him if he got my letter. He remembered me, and told the guys, 'this is Cassandra who wrote the letter'. While standing up, he held my hand and said 'I think it's so cool that you wrote a book' then he stood behind me with the guys and had a photo taken with me.
A while after thanking them, I went back downstairs and found their manager. Talked a bit and he told me how exhausted everyone was, which was the reason Andrew wasn't there that night.
"For Cassandra" - Andrew VanWyngarden
Will Berman, Ben Goldwasser
I was so happy, that now one of my favorite musicians and people, acknowledges me and knows who I am and what I do. It's anything a fan could ever dream of. Thank you Andrew, Ben, James, Will, Jeroen & Mark. I'll never forget this.
P.S : Erlend Oye told my sister that he likes her. It was cool. And shout out to Rain, thanks so much for being awesome! You still have my silver marker though.